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Kimberley Skelton

2 Early seventeenth-century staccato  boundaries Across the early decades of the seventeenth century, Englishmen and -women moved through a physical, social, and mental world organised into a carefully maintained balance of motion and pause. From small to large scale, the seventeenth-century English world depended on the maintenance of static pairings. The human body itself and the broader social harmony rested on balanced opposites. In his Store-house of Varieties of 1601, John Norden informed his readers that the body remained healthy paradoxically because of

in The paradox of body, building and motion in seventeenth-century England
Jason Harris

9 Latin oratory in seventeenth-century Dublin Jason Harris In early 1602, as the lord deputy Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy, returned victorious from the battle of Kinsale and the cogs of the victors’ propaganda machine began to turn, an unidentified orator in Trinity College Dublin penned an oration that was to be delivered in the lord deputy’s presence upon his arrival in Dublin. There is no evidence as to whether the oration was actually delivered, but it is known that others were commissioned by the city council to welcome the victorious general upon his

in Dublin
The career and writings of Peter Heylyn

This is a full-length study of one of the most prolific and controversial polemical authors of the seventeenth century. It provides a detailed analysis of the ways in which Laudian and royalist polemical literature was created, tracing continuities and changes in a single corpus of writings from 1621 through to 1662. In the process, the author presents new perspectives on the origins and development of Laudianism and ‘Anglicanism’, and on the tensions within royalist thought. The book is neither a conventional biography nor simply a study of printed works, but instead constructs an integrated account of Peter Heylyn's career and writings in order to provide the key to understanding a profoundly polemical author. Throughout the book, Heylyn's shifting views and fortunes prompt a reassessment of the relative coherence and stability of royalism and Laudianism.

Shifting forms
Gerd Bayer

3 Seventeenth-century writing: shifting forms As far as literary centuries are concerned, the seventeenth has long suffered from a relative lack of critical attention. What began as an afterthought to the Elizabethan age – the Queen’s death in 1603 and that of Shakespeare in 1616 falling conveniently close – quickly gathered momentum and picked up speed once the Tudor dynasty was replaced by the Stuarts. Memorable developments the century truly produced aplenty:  the English–Scottish union under James I, the execution of Charles I  in 1649, the tumultuous Civil

in Novel horizons
Margaret J. M. Ezell

Chapter 8 Late seventeenth-century women poets and the anxiety of attribution Margaret J. M. Ezell High-born Belinda loves to blame; On criticism founds her fame: Whene’er she thinks a fault she spies, How pleasure sparkles in her eyes! ‘Call it not poetry,’ she says, ‘No – call it rhyming, if you please: Her numbers might adorn a ring, Or serve along the streets to sing…’ Mary Barber, ‘To a Lady, who commanded me to send her an Account in Verse, how I succeeded in my Subscription’ (1734) A nne Killigrew’s literary reputation, as critics have pointed out, has

in Early modern women and the poem
Victoria Moul

throughout the period; and, finally, the emergence in the later seventeenth century of Latin ‘free verse’ used especially for political satire. In this way, the chapter offers the first survey of the main types of Latin satiric verse composed and circulated in early modern England and, as such, offers a new context in which to understand the history of English verse satire as a whole. In doing so, it

in Changing satire
Keith P. Luria

their ancestors. The missionaries’ task was to convince their readers that their converts’ extraordinary experiences revealed Catholic truth, not demonic deceptions. THE VIETNAM MISSION Vietnam in the seventeenth century was, in principle, a kingdom united under the rule of emperors of the Lê dynasty, but it was actually divided into two polities: the

in Conversions
Tim Harris

anecdote appears in a manuscript commonplace book held in the collections of the British Library. Little is known about the provenance of the book, except that it dates from the later seventeenth century, but the collector was seemingly writing down things he had heard or read – ‘Apothegms ancient and modern’ he styled them – so we can presume that this tale of King James’s encounter with the Presbyterian cleric was in more general circulation. Some nineteenth- and early twentieth-century historical works related

in Stereotypes and stereotyping in early modern England
Living spirituality

Between 1598 and 1800, an estimated 3, 271 Catholic women left England to enter convents on the Continent. This study focuses more particularly upon those who became Benedictines in the seventeenth century, choosing exile in order to pursue their vocation for an enclosed life. Through the study of a wide variety of original manuscripts, including chronicles, death notices, clerical instructions, texts of spiritual guidance, but also the nuns’ own collections of notes, this book highlights the tensions between the contemplative ideal and the nuns’ personal experiences. Its first four chapters adopt a traditional historical approach to illustrate the tensions between theory and practice in the ideal of being dead to the world. They offer a prosopographical study of Benedictine convents in exile, and show how those houses were both cut-off and enclosed yet very much in touch with the religious and political developments at home. The next fur chapters propose a different point of entry into the history of nuns, with a study of emotions and the senses in the cloister, delving into the textual analysis of the nuns’ personal and communal documents to explore aspect of a lived spirituality, when the body, which so often hindered the spirit, at times enabled spiritual experience.

Across the early decades of the seventeenth century, Englishmen and women moved through a physical, social, and mental world organised into a carefully maintained balance of motion and pause. This book examines how seventeenth-century English architectural theorists and designers rethought the domestic built environment in terms of mobility, as motion became a dominant mode of articulating the world across discourses. These discourses encompassed philosophy, political theory, poetry, and geography. From mid-century, the house and estate that had evoked staccato rhythms became triggers for mental and physical motion-evoking travel beyond England's shores, displaying vistas, and showcasing changeable wall surfaces. The book sets in its cultural context a strand of historical analysis stretching back to the nineteenth century Heinrich Wolfflin. It brings together the art, architectural, and cultural historical strands of analysis by examining why seventeenth-century viewers expected to be put in motion and what the effects were of that motion. Vistas, potentially mobile wall surface, and changeable garden provided precisely the essential distraction that rearticulated social divisions and assured the ideal harmony. Alternately feared and praised early in the century for its unsettling unpredictability, motion became the most certain way of comprehending social interactions, language, time, and the buildings that filtered human experience. At the heart of this book is the malleable sensory viewer, tacitly assumed in early modern architectural theory and history whose inescapable responsiveness to surrounding stimuli guaranteed a dependable world from the seventeenth century.